‘We wish justice’ – Lekki taking pictures victims storm judicial panel
Some individuals who stated they sustained accidents through the taking pictures incident at Lekki tollgate in Lagos on October 20, 2020, stormed the Lagos Court docket of Arbitration on Friday.
Led by Adesina Ogunlana, a lawyer, the victims demanded justice simply because the lawyer narrated their experiences on the day #EndSARS protesters had been forcefully dispersed.
Ogunlana stated he was pressured to convey the victims to the court docket due to the go well with the police filed in opposition to the panel.
“It beholds in us to current the actual fact we all know to the world. There’s been a deliberate effort by the agent of the federal government, particularly Lagos state authorities to run #EndSARS protesters down, both by inducement or by quack scene and never enable them come out to the panel,” he stated.
“There are frantic efforts, I can say authoritatively, even over the weekend to forestall this motion (protest) by their brokers and their attorneys
“They received to know that we’re coming right here (court docket of arbitration) to current and do that demonstration to indicate the world that really individuals had been shot at, that really individuals had been severely injured and that individuals truly died.
“There are contacts made to forestall this explicit motion and we refused it and we’re saying you can not compromise this stage of atrocity. Folks had been shot and attacked by safety companies together with the Nigeria navy and the police.
“That is the reality and if not that this matter was adjourned until December 11, 2020, we would not have carried out this… within the magnanimity of the panel, they thought of that it’s good to adjourn and it created a lull.
“There was concern on our half and cheap concern too. There’s a deliberate intention to scrap this panel and armstrong it however method of unlawful course of.
“We had been proved proper when a go well with got here up two days in the past and that the police themselves are asking that these panels to cease.
“We’re on this wrestle not just for the people who died, or the individuals struggling now however for the way forward for our youngsters. Authorities should not proceed with the tradition of reckless impunity.”
The go well with was withdrawn after Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police, complained about it publicly.
A spokesperson of the victims stated: “We’ve individuals with amputated legs; we’ve individuals with mind surgical procedure on this van; we’ve dozens of them which might be but to be discharged. That is from Lekki tollgate bloodbath 2020. We wish justice. We don’t wish to be silenced; we don’t wish to be marginalised even in our personal nation.”